Bunny Wailer calls out Marley estate on recent cannabis deal
Bob Marley’s former bandmate, Bunny Wailer, has publicly criticized a deal between the Marley estate and the Seattle-based international marijuana company Privateer Holdings. Wailer, who has long advocated for cannabis legalization, said the business venture isn’t a good idea.
In light of the recent deal between the Marley estate and international cannabis company Privateer Holdings, Wailer, who has long been an advocate for the legalisation of marijuana, believes that the venture should not be allowed to gain success.
“The Marley Natural deal must be publicly opposed,” says veteran entertainer Bunny Wailer.
Not only does the deal have serious implications for future efforts by Jamaica to capitalize on the benefits of marijuana legalization, but it also highlights the selfishness of the Marley estate, according to Wailer.
Giving his view on the widely popular argument that Bob Marley doesn’t deserve to be the face of the world’s first global cannabis brand, Wailer agreed.
He also agreed with those who expressed that himself and the late Peter Tosh are probably more deserving of the ‘honour’ to be the face of the cannabis brand rather than Marley, based on their involvement with the issue.
Bunny Wailer says Government is taking long to legalize marijuana and will lose the benefits to other countries
Wailer also expressed his dissatisfaction at the slow pace the Government was moving in regards to the decriminalisation of marijuana, saying their failure to capitalise on its use has opened the doors for yet another international company to market a product with which the world associates Jamaica.
“Jamaica is still moving too slow and has been focused on the low hanging fruit,” he said, pointing out that the cultural and competitive advantage that Jamaica has with marijuana must now be used to not only oppose the deal set up by the Seattle-based company, but should also send a message to other international companies.
“Only a Jamaican company incorporating local stakeholders, the Rastafarian community, local ganja farmers, medical scientists and investors should be allowed to market Brand Jamaica Ganja first-hand, every other company outside of Jamaica should follow suit.”